About Nature Therapy
As its name implies, nature-based therapy assists in personal development and increases personal health and wellbeing benefits.
Sometimes it is referred to as green therapy, bush therapy, adventure therapy and ecopsychology. It is not just about encouraging people to get outdoors for their physical health but also for mental health and societal health.
It’s a growing market with numerous providers that offer services in nature and the bush around:
Research proves that getting outdoors makes us healthier and has many benefits with the colour green, so prominent in nature, making exercise easier. See here for a list of our Nature Therapy members.
Why Nature Therapy
Nature Therapy has evolved through greater recognition of the therapeutic benefits of being in nature and contributing to nature.
Many of the stresses of 21st century living in large metropolises have highlighted the need for more nature-based relaxation and nature therapy in people’s lives.
Australians are getting older, less active and more overweight
We have higher ADHD and suicide rates per head of population than ever before
Smaller families, smaller yards. Bigger homes and bigger screens
We are semi addicted to technology spending up to 3 hours a day on social media and watching videos
Ironically people are more isolated and disconnected than ever before when it comes to physical interaction
We have more stress and lifestyle related health issues than ever before
Benefits of Nature Therapy
The colour green makes exercise easier
Improves concentration, focus and creativity
Stimulates the senses – is good for the brain
Improves vitamin D intake and good for guarding off myopia.
Reduces symptoms of anger, depression and anxiety, creating calming, positive emotions – nature makes people happy!
Prevents eye-related Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS)
Provides you with clean air
Strengthens your immunity and can help prevent cancer through being more conducive to exercise than indoors
Slows downs the body’s aging process